The vision of Marketview Heights Collective Action Project is to build a safe, cohesive, sustainable community that is united and diverse.
Founded in 2002 with PathStone Corporation, the goal was to organize the residents in a challenged neighborhood to have a collective voice when it comes to issues that matter to the community. The Marketview Heights Collective Action Project grew to become an organized group of actively engaged residents. Accomplishments have included establishing a strong organization structure, well-attended monthly meetings, educational and employment events for the residents and the establishment of five community gardens.
The Marketview Heights Collective Action Project serves as a collective voice to raise concerns and rally for the benefit of its residents. The group developed a Resource Center on 144 Weld Street and provides residents with internet access, resume-writing services, assistance with job searches and communication with city and county agencies such as the Department of Human Services and the Social Security Office.
Through the residents’ advocacy, part of Marketview Heights area was one of the four areas chosen by the City of Rochester as a Focused Investment Strategy Area that assisted homeowner and landlords in Rehabilitation Grants and Loans to repair their properties. Infill Housing was also provided to five new first-time homeowners. In December 2014, City Council approved the plan for another portion of Marketview Heights as an Urban Renewal District with an additional 74 units of new affordable rental housing and approximately thirteen new single family owner occupied units.
The Marketview Height Collective Action Project builds and maintains the community gardens which are the pride of the community. Yearly planting and harvest days are always well attended and bring forth community socializing and engagements. Fresh pesticide-free produce harvested from the gardens are distributed to families in need. The yearly summer block party enjoys participation of up to 400 people.